Food for the Future: Agriculture for a Global Age

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Polity, Sep 2, 2005 - Business & Economics - 170 pages
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It′s not easy to eat well. To choose food wisely, you need to know where it comes from and how it′s produced. As consumers, most of us don′t know what we′re getting and eating in our supermarkets and restaurants. When rumours and food scares circulate in the media, we panic. Since most of us know very little about the real state of agriculture today and the ways in which the global agricultural industry produces the foods that end up on our plates, we have no basis on which to make informed judgements.

In this important new book, José Bové and François Dufour two men from modest farming backgrounds who have become international icons of the resistance to global capitalism unveil the workings of the agricultural industry today and lay down the principles for the creation of a new agriculture for the twenty–first century. Following on from their international bestseller The World is not For Sale, Bové and Dufour have joined forces again to build a constructive programme for the food of the future. They seek to make available to every citizen the facts they need in order to understand the crisis of agriculture today and to see how we can move beyond it. Presenting a positive agenda for a new kind of agriculture, they lay the foundations for a renewal of trust between farmers and citizen–consumers in a way that would bring food and the production of food back into the heart of modern society.

  

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Contents

A Strategy to Rebuild Farming
1
Sites of Memory
6
How the Citizen Sees Farming
13
But Where are the Peasant Farmers?
16
The Spiral of the Glorious Years
25
The True Cost of the Common Agricultural Policy
33
From Junk Food to Good Food
42
An Economic Nonsense and an Ecological Aberration
48
Who Owns the Land?
104
No to Rampant Globalization
113
If All the Peasant Farmers in the World
119
The Weapons of the Peaceful Citizen
128
Agriculture is Humanism
138
How to Teach Children about Farming
141
The Duties of Public Research
148
Farming Think Tanks and International Workshops
154

The Agricultural Titanic
54
A Diagnosis and the Beginnings of a Cure
61
Have we Learned the Lesson of the Epidemics?
82
Food FoUies and the Label Lottery
88
The Pillars of Peasant Wisdom
159
A Farming Charter and a Declaration of Rights and Duties
167
The Food War will not Happen
170
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Jose Bove and Francois Dufour, environmental activists.